Course syllabus


SJO168 Combustion engineering lp1 HT22 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences


Course PM: SJÖ168_ICE_2022.pdf

Contact details

Examiner Lecturer Johan Eliasson Ljungklint
Lecturer in course Instructor Thomas Lindblom

Internal combustion engines
Lecturer Lucien Koopmans

Ship Propulsion
Lecturer Per Hogström


Course aim

The course aims at deepening the students knowledge in the field of combustion engines and gas turbines, within the context of ship propulsion.



Course literature


John B. Heywood: Internal Combustion Engine Fundamentals, Second edition 2018

Exercises; Hand-outs and lecture notes

Gas Turbine Theory 6th edition, Saravanamuttoo
- tillgänglig online (via Chalmers Library)

Materials for laboratory experiments in Engine room simulator collected at the Canvas eg, user's guides and manuals


Course design

The course consists of lectures combined with exercises. Lectures are conducted in a conventional manner. Counting is integrated in lectures. Lecture presentations are available on the website of the course, Canvas.

Exercises will be done in class and as homework, for which some will count in the final grade. 

Laboratory practical / Project task
One simulator laboratory practical is mandatory in the course. The purpose of this lab. practis to study theoretical engine processes and performance, then compare with simulator provided data. The simulator is in that case considered being a real engine. The work can be done in groups of 2 students, work groups will be the same as in course SJO707 Project in Marine Engineering. The group concludes the work with a report.

You should be clear how missed deadlines and revisions are handled.

Changes made since the last occasion

Rework of study questions and new instruction for Engine room simulator exercise 

Learning objectives and syllabus

Learning objectives:

- Describe the function of internal combustion engines.
- Describe the function of gas turbines.
- Make calculations on the theoretical internal combustion engine and the gas turbine process.
- Describe the combustion process and its environment impacts.
- Perform general calculations on internal combustion engines and gas turbines.
- Describe gas exchange in an internal combustion engine including overcharging.
- Describe the mechanical design of internal combustion engines and gas turbines.
- Be able to describe and make calculations on the relationship between effect and speed of a ship.

Link to the syllabus on Studieportalen.

Study plan


The examination comprises all treated matters in the course, with a written exam and specific exercises.

Part A) The combined laboratory practical/project work is mandatory. A report must be written and submitted for correction. Points will count in the total course assessment

Part B and C) Online quizzes and? Points will count in the total course assessment

Part D) Written exam. Points will count in the total course assessment (Both in study period 1 and period 2)

Midterm examination
Thursday 15/9. Examination at the end of the course, time and place see Student portal. The examination consists of two parts, a theoretical and, for those who did not pass the midterm, a calculation part. No help (books etc.) are permitted for the theoretical part, for the calculation part a text book (Stone or Heywood) and an accepted calculator may be used.

Study visits and guest lectures are mandatory

After study visits, a (1-2, A4 pages Calibri 12) report must be submitted to obtain approved results. The report must be submitted no later than one week after the study visit.
Two guest lectures will be given in the course. One by MAN and one by Wärtsilä or Federal Mogul (or other relevant company). For approved guest lectures, a report must be submitted no later than one week after the guest lecture.
The final grade in the course will be given to the person who has submitted all the reports in due time and participated in all compulsory items.
At late submission, it is not possible to reach a higher final grade than 3 on the course as a whole.

Summary of grade
Summary of mandatory attendance
Study visits
Guest Lectures
Written examination

Course summary:

Date Details Due